Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The United States is creating false intelligence in the Baltic region in order to show that Russia would increase its military actions in the area, says political analyst Joaquin Flores.
Flores made the remarks in an interview with Press TV Monday when asked about US arms shipment to the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to provide them with the ability to “deter” the perceived threat from Russia.
The weapons, which were delivered to the port of Riga, the capital of Latvia on Monday, include Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and Scout Humvees as well as support equipment.
“One thing we clearly see from this is that the US is doing everything possible to break the Minsk truce agreement,” said Flores, who is the director and an analyst at Center for Syncretic Studies.
On February 12, leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed in the Belarusian capital of Minsk to stop the fighting in east Ukraine and to start the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the frontlines.
“The US is quite upset that European leaders broke ranks with NATO and the US over this,” Flores stated, adding “it is not forecasted that the US will be able to undo this agreement immediately at least not very easily.”
He said the US is trying to achieve two goals by sending arms to the region. “We can see that these armament shipments are really conforming to two plans.”
“One is to inspire arms sales and arms shipment” in the area to benefit US armaments industries, he said, adding “the second piece of this is to scare Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish leaders into thinking that there is something happening that is not. They’re creating false intelligence reports which indicate that a Russian increase in military actions are imminent and they’re not.”
US Major General John R. O’Connor told AFP Monday that the arrival of these weapons will “demonstrate resolve to President (Vladimir) Putin and Russia that collectively we can come together”.
The weapon transfer comes amid tensions between the US and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. Western governments accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine by supporting pro-Russian forces there, an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.